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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation celebrates Manufacturing Month with HaloVino at Sussex IM

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By - Oct 20th, 2017 11:51 am

SUSSEX, WI. Oct. 20, 2017—Throughout October, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is joining more than a dozen state agencies and other partners in celebrating Manufacturing Month to promote manufacturing, manufacturing careers and manufacturing education.

As part of Manufacturing Month, WEDC officials held a celebration with HaloVino, maker of innovative wine glasses, and the company’s manufacturer, Sussex IM on Thursday, Oct. 19.

HaloVino makes stackable, recyclable, reusable and dishwasher-safe plastic wine tumblers, combining the cost and convenience of plastic cups with the taste and experience associated with wine glasses. Tumblers are available online, through select stores around Wisconsin and at major venues, including Miller Park and BMO Bradley Center. Twisted Path Distillery, another local company featured as a part of the Bucks’ innovative food & beverage program, also joined the celebration.

“I felt strongly about keeping as much as possible local, but was told that would be impossible if I wanted to price my product competitively,” says Jessica Bell, CEO of HaloVino. “That’s just not true. Wisconsin has talented, reputable and sophisticated operations, like Sussex IM, where I am proud to be manufacturing my products.”

Earlier this year, HaloVino joined WEDC’s Made In Wisconsin Program, which provides Wisconsin’s companies with a marketing tool, an official “Made In Wisconsin” logo, to help showcase the origin and quality of their products. At today’s event, WEDC Deputy Secretary and COO Tricia Braun presented Bell with a Made In Wisconsin plaque to honor their commitment to Wisconsin and participation in the program. In addition, HaloVino was recently certified as a Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV). QNBV status allows investors in qualified startup and early-stage companies to receive a 25 percent state tax credit on the amount they invest in the business, which helps early-stage companies secure new investment and accelerate their potential for growth.

“We are pleased to support HaloVino through our Made In Wisconsin and QNBV Programs,” says Braun. “This event was a great opportunity to celebrate Wisconsin’s strong startup ecosystem, as well as the commitment of both HaloVino and Sussex IM to support manufacturing in Wisconsin.”

Learn more about HaloVino at www.halovino.com. For more information on and to apply for the Made In Wisconsin Program, visit www.made.inwisconsin.com.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @InWisconsin to learn more.

About HaloVino®

HaloVino, based in Milwaukee and manufactured in WI, is revolutionizing the way America’s 120 million wine drinkers enjoy wine. Its first offering is a patented shatterproof, stackable, stemless wine glass. Visit www.halovino.com or follow HaloVino on Facebook @halovinocup, Instagram @halovinoglass or Twitter @halovino to learn more.

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